On Tuesday, May 19 as part of the phase one reopening, the province amended the Emergency Order to permit the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities. In Scugog, outdoor recreational amenities that will reopen include the off-leash dog park, benches and picnic shelters located in parks or recreation areas, the pier, skate parks and the disc golf course. Individuals using these amenities are required to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres (six feet) unless they are members of the same household. The provincial orders continue to maintain that gatherings or events with five or more people are not permitted.

Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, outdoor fitness equipment as well as the outdoor pool and the splash pad remain closed by provincial order. However, seasonal work at the Birdseye pool will commence in anticipation of reopening. Currently, public washroom structures are not conducive to proper social distancing, therefore, portable washrooms will be made available for public use at Palmer and Joe Fowler Parks, the boat launches and marina. Residents are further reminded that benches, gate latches and picnic tables will not be sanitized. Please remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when out enjoying recreational amenities.

“This initial reopening of recreational amenities will allow our residents the opportunity to get out and enjoy some additional leisure and physical activities,” said Mayor Bobbie Drew. “The Emergency Control Group expect the public to respect the updated orders and continue to set a good example with distance separation and not congregate in groups.”

Open green spaces and recreational amenities may be used for non-team sports, kicking a ball, throwing a frisbee or skateboarding where permitted to do so. Organized group soccer or baseball games are not permitted unless the players are members of the same household.

Mayor Drew reminds residents to be neighbourly with each other. “If you go out to a picnic area or sports field and it is busy, you should not enter until there is enough space to enjoy safely. I ask that residents are mindful of each other and make use of shared spaces in the respectful and considerate manner Scugog is known for.”  

The Township of Scugog will announce further openings of recreational amenities as details become available. Please visit Scugog.ca/covid19 for the latest news and updates.

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